Cure for ERCOT’s Summertime Blues

Cure for ERCOT’s Summertime Blues

A relatively mild summer and new power plant construction have combined to ease the burden on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s primary electric grid operator. Nicholas Sakelaris, of the Dallas Business Journal, reports this week that new natural...
Natural Gas and Electricity Prices: Ups & Downs

Natural Gas and Electricity Prices: Ups & Downs

In Texas, natural gas helps set the price of wholesale power. When natural gas prices go up, wholesale power prices also should increase. When natural gas prices go down, wholesale energy costs should follow. This correlation exists because natural gas fuels many...
Embattled electric company owner accepts penalty, ban

Embattled electric company owner accepts penalty, ban

Here’s a quick update about Proton Energy, the tiny Texas retail electric company who couldn”t. Staff at the Texas Public Utility Commission earlier accused Proton of being a serial rules violator. On Friday, the three commissioners approved a legal settlement...
That sucking sound? Vampire devices drawing power

That sucking sound? Vampire devices drawing power

Not using that coffee maker? Turn it off and unplug it. The same goes for your computer and your fax machine. Like vampires, household appliances quietly suck up electricity while you sleep and while you’re away at work.  This is true even if you’ve completely shut...
Consumer Complaints Target Electric Companies

Consumer Complaints Target Electric Companies

In a sign of continuing challenges for Texas electricity consumers, a number of power retailers have been accused in high-profile cases of deceptive marketing and other abuses. The complaints have led to unflattering news accounts and unwelcome regulatory scrutiny for...